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heidi j. larson

Heidi J. Larson, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is also Director of European Initiatives, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington (Seattle).

     Dr. Larson’s research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her research group conducts global monitoring of issues surrounding vaccine acceptance,  with a particular focus on identifying emerging issues and advising on risk and rumour management.  Professor Larson previously headed UNICEF’s Immunization programme and chaired the GAVI Advocacy Task Force.

She served on the FDA Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Emergency Communication Expert Working Group, and is Principle Investigator of the EU/IMI funded (EBODAC) project on the deployment, acceptance and compliance of an Ebola vaccine trials in Africa.